OUTDOOR CORNER: Extreme sports opportunities available

Lyle Johnson
Leigh Ann DeRouen, a first timer, with a nice bull that took her for a ride.

Let’s talk about a couple of things that will be taking place in the outdoors that are pretty new, but totally different. Both are pretty extreme in nature as well, but a lot of fun that just about anybody could participate in.

I can’t remember as a kid anything that was much more fun than playing in the mud. Usually it was against my mother’s wishes and sometimes ended up with me and my five brothers getting a spanking for disobedience. But, man that was fun back then! Now at 58 years of age; not so much anymore, with maybe one exception.

It’s called the Play Dirty Adventure Trail Run and will take place on Sept. 17 at the State Fairgrounds in Baton Rouge. The adult portion of the event will be the ultimate event for thrill-seeking weekend warriors to get active and muddy for a great cause. The three-mile course will have competitors conquering more than twelve wild challenges before crossing the finish line.

A few of the obstacles include a giant mud pit, cargo net climb, slippery slalom, and hay bale Mountain. There’s even a dark mystery cave where runners will have to navigate throughout an enclosed structure in total darkness!

The other portion of the Play Dirty Trail Run is a Play Dirty Mini Muck run. This fun event is designed for ages 6-13 and we encourage the families as well to join the kids on their mucky adventure! The mile course will have a mud pit, slip and slide, and other fun and messy activities! Kids will receive entry into the event and Mini Muck kids shirt.

This whole day of great fun for the entrants and spectators is a fundraising event for RocketKidz, a Baton Rouge childhood obesity foundation. The Rocketkidz Foundation was founded in November 2006 to battle childhood obesity through multisport events and camp scholarship and grant programs.

It funds in place programs such as YMCA Strong Kids, Rocketchix, Rocketkidz and BREC fitness programs with the desire to get kids and primary care givers of kids involved. Multisport events are the primary event focus, though any events that get kids moving can be considered.

Early registration is $45 for folks 14 and over (adult must sign waiver for those under 18). This includes your race entry, quick-dry event shirt and food provided by Bluerunner Foods with refreshments as well.

All participants that cross the finish line will receive a custom Play Dirty finisher’s medal. In addition, the top 15 men and women’s finishers for the day will receive great prizes. There will be no age group awards for this event.

For all info, give David Poleto at 504-952-8406, email info@playdirtyadventure.com or log on to www.playdirtyadventure.com and check it out. I highly recommend visiting the FAQ section of the website, it gives information you might not have even thought about.

If Play Dirty is not quite extreme enough, how about “Ride the Bull! 2” for a little excitement? No, we’re not talking about the PBR and cowboys riding rank bulls in a rodeo arena, we’re talking about kayak anglers hooking up to a bull redfish and letting them pull you around in the Gulf of Mexico!

That’s right; how about hooking up with a giant bull red and taking a “Cajun Sleigh Ride” in Caminada Pass from Bridgeside Marina on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Grand Isle? That sounds an adrenalin rush that just might get on the top of my list of things to do.

I got the opportunity to give it a try last Saturday in my Kajun Custom Kayak as Captain Danny Wray of Calmwater Charters invited me down for a trial run of the idea he came up with in 2009 for a paddle craft, bull red fishing rodeo. 2010’s event was cancelled because of that “you know what” last year, but they’re back with a full schedule of events in 2011.

10 Yakkers met at Buggy Vegas’ Bridgeside Marina for some early morning socializing, but soon it was time for business. The kayaks headed out in Caminada Pass with cut mullet and live croakers for bait. Captain Danny Wray, his wife Kristen along with Joe and Chris Macaluso followed close behind in a boat to shoot photos and video.

One by one the anglers anchored their water craft and cast their lines in anticipation of hooking up with a bull. The action started soon enough as a first timer got initiated to the riding club while landing a hefty redfish.

I had a couple of opportunities to hang on for the ride, but alas I lost the first two fish that took the cut mullet I was using.  I’d brought a spinning rod along and was catching small white trout and got the idea to use one for bait. It paid off in a big way as a 27 pound bull took the live offering and me on a cruise.

Ride the Bull 2 will take place on Sept. 17 out of Bridgeside Marina for paddle craft only. A $45 entry fee will get you a Tee shirt, a steak dinner at the Friday night meeting and a day on the water you won’t soon forget. It’s a great spectator event as one could set up on the fishing bridge with binoculars and watch all the action.

Hey, Grand Isle is back full force and a great place to spend some time. Call Captain Danny Wray at 225-721-8182 or log on to calmwatercharters.net and click on the Ride the Bull icon for all the rodeo info. Remember to keep the slack out and set the hook hard. Until next time, have fun in the outdoors, be safe and may God bless you.

The 27-pound redfish that took me and my Kajun Custom Kayak for a real cruise.